About Kitasato University

President's Message

Moving Life Science into the Future through the Training of Specialists

Kitasato University, consisting of seven schools, is one of the principal private universities in Japan devoted to the comprehensive study of the Life Sciences. This is the result of the pioneering spirit of the University’s founder and a philosophy based on free and independent thought. It is the fruition of the tireless efforts of the present staff, students, and alumni building on this legacy. We cannot but honor the work of our forebears, particularly that of our founding father, Shibasaburo Kitasato. Our four guiding principles are the spirit of pioneering; the spirit of thankfulness; the spirit of wisdom and practice; the spirit of tenacity; all of which were embodied in the work and character of Dr. Kitasato. It is these unwavering principles that have enabled the University to foster and maintain an integrated system of education. It is our intent to continue to adhere to these founding principles and contribute to society in the field of practical medicine.

Education at the University can be characterized as follows: interprofessional medical education via medical facilities affiliated with attached schools as well as three hospitals; research and education in agromedicine, focusing on food, environment, and health; research and education in infection control, which has a history leading back to the foundation of The Kitasato Institute; research and education into intellectual properties in the field of medical engineering; and research and education in Oriental medicine, which has long played a central role in Japanese medicine. Interdepartmental education and integrated research projects are unique to Kitasato. Responding to social needs, we are also making positive steps toward internationalization and the systemization of internal quality control.

Thanks to Dr. Satoshi ?mura’s winning the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, the University has rapidly gained international recognition. We wish to make even more widely known the name of Kitasato as the home of Life Sciences and to attract and produce ever more superlative teaching staffs and students. With the motto of Dr. Kitasato engraved in our hearts—“Remain true to your ideals”—we intend to move steadily forward as a comprehensive university dedicated to the Life Sciences.

The Apogee of Life Sciences and Medicine

Kitasato University proactively responds to the urgent need for Life Science research that is cuttingedge, interdisciplinary and comprehensive, as well as the need for the training of leaders in this research. The University strives to be a scientific educational institution that can play a leading role as it continues to work toward a higher level of excellence in the fields of education, research and medicine. Firmly grounded in basic research and ranging over many fields, this organic network of knowledge is supported by the undergraduate schools, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the graduate schools, the research institutes and affiliated hospitals.

Via Three Specialized Fields,
A Comprehensive Approach to Life Sciences

1. Human life and health-related fields
2. Plant and animal and environment-related fields
3. Fields that conduct basic research in Life Sciences

Our Four Guiding Principles


The Spirit of Pioneering
Use your ingenuity and creativity to be a pioneer in the world of science.


The Spirit of Thankfulness
Be thankful to the people and society that fostered you, and repay your debt with your contribution to society.


The Spirit of Wisdom and Practice
Put your knowledge and skills into practice for the benefit of society.


The Spirit of Tenacity
Tackle whatever challenge you may face with unwavering determination.

The Philosophy of Kitasato University

With profound respect for the sanctity of life, our purpose is to contribute to society by dedicating ourselves to the quest for truth through the application of practical science.

University's Data

Formal Emblem


The school emblem of Kitasato University is marked by the character. A pair of drumsticks at the center of the emblem represents the tetanus bacillus , which commemorates the founder Shibasaburo Kitasato's success in pure culture of the bacillus and the establishment of the serum therapy.

Students Emblem


The student's emblem is modeled on the shape of a heart—the center of the human body. The right atrium (upper left) represents the tetanus bacillus, which Shibasaburo Kitasaso studied. The left atrium is colored differently for the individual collages and their initials are placed inside. Prussian blue is the university's color. This emblem was designed by one of the first-generation students.

Education and Research Activities

As an educational and technical institution at the cutting edge of the Life Sciences, Kitasato University is highly regarded for its educational and research activities. Many of its projects have received grants from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, other government ministries, industry and elsewhere.